Updating your home with painting techniques
(Paint soaks right through lightweight fabrics and bedsheets.) Plastic sheeting works, but it's very slippery and doesn't absorb drips. Painters spend two to four days on an average-size room.Buy high-quality drop cloths, such as canvas or paper-backed plastic.Drywall dust goes everywhere." Remove doors, light fixtures and hardware, and label everything with masking tape. "It's surprising how well a few drops of paint can cover a floor," says Rich Maceyunas, of Maceyunas Painting and Wallpaper in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Damaged wood requires a slightly different approach.
Clear the Decks To begin, move everything out of the room.
Every painter we spoke with had a horror story about the time he didn't follow Rule No. Bigger pieces of furniture can sometimes be left covered in the center of larger rooms, but if you are repairing drywall, says Chris Span, of Span's Quality Painting in Mobile, Alabama, "Take everything out.
"Don't use spackle on wood," says Toto, "because it just won't stick." For damaged trim, he uses painter's putty or a two-part wood filler, such as Minwax's High Performance Filler.
That's how long it takes to prep, prime and paint correctly.
It's more work, but when you stand back to admire the results, you'll agree it's time well spent.